Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Classical Academy | 20th Century


Published today in 1865, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland went on to inspire some little known music as wierd and wonderful as her adventures. The story by Lewis Caroll tells the tale of a girl who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world of crazy characters and nonsensical happenings. Who can forget the Cheshire Cat or the Mad Tea-Party?


As fun for children as it is intriguing for adults, the book grabbed the attention of more than a few musicians. American composer David Del Tredici was obsessed with the Alice stories for years, writing four major works that follow chapters of the book through song and narration. Juxtaposing a full orchestra with a group of folk instruments, Del Tredici used what he called the "wildly unsymphonic" character of these instruments to replicate the childlike nature of Wonderland.


Listen to his extraordinary piece Final Alice and other works inspired by the book with our special playlist.